Hide and Seek

This little copy of Foe by J.M. Coetzee is – mercifully – the shortest book I’ve been assigned this semester. It’s so small, I almost lost it! Isn’t that cute! It’s hiding from me!

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It’s also small enough for me to have read it straight through in one night during this past week of sickness and erratic sleeping patterns. At some point, I drew a highly lucid diagram, which was intended to summarize the plot, on the back of the book receipt. I just looked at it again today, and it’s pretty much a series of concentric circles (but three-dimensional!), with the middle circle representing Crusoe’s island. You know, because that’s the one constant in this story.

Clearly, I was not in a state to be reading something so surreal.

Cetology

I’m still sick, so I gave myself permission to stay in bed all afternoon.

At about 25% into the story, Moby Dick is having a very soporific effect. My Kindle and I both fell asleep during the chapter on cetology. (After a brief bout of confusion when Ishmael rejects the classification of whales as mammals and insists they are fish.)

I thought the screensaver was appropriate.

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